Tooth Colored Dental Fillings
Tooth decay is a serious problem that affects millions of people in the United States. Teeth are made of the hardest materials in the body, but they can be damaged by the oral bacteria that live in your mouth. These bacteria churn out an acidic byproduct that erodes the minerals from the enamel, and over time, this mineral loss can lead to a cavity, or hole in the tooth. Our Los Angeles dental fillings expert may recommend a tooth colored filling to restore a tooth with a cavity.
Tooth colored fillings are made of composite resin, a special blend of plastic and glass. This material can be made to match your natural tooth structure, and it chemically bonds with the tooth for a stronger, longer-lasting restoration. Our Los Angeles tooth colored fillings expert can use tooth colored fillings to make minor repairs on teeth, to fill cavities or to replace old, worn metal fillings.
Tooth Colored Dental Fillings Los Angeles
Our expert in dental fillings in Los Angeles begins by numbing the tooth. This ensures your comfort throughout the procedure. Next, we remove the decayed tissue and thoroughly clean the tooth. We apply a conditioning liquid, which acts as a primer, and then apply the putty-like resin in thin layers, shaping and curing each layer as we work. Once the tooth is filled, the filling is further trimmed and shaped before being polished so that it has a sheen similar to that of natural teeth.
Tooth colored fillings require no special care. Simply brush your teeth and floss as you normally would. Brush at least two times a day or after meals, and floss daily. Use a fluoride or antimicrobial mouthwash if desired, and visit our expert in tooth colored fillings in Los Angeles twice a year or as recommended for cleanings and exams. Avoid biting your nails, chewing on pencils or using your teeth for purposes other than eating since this can damage both teeth and fillings.
Call us today to learn more about tooth colored fillings or to schedule an appointment with our smile makeover dentist.